## Abstract

If the conditional information of a classical probability distribution of three random variables is zero, then it obeys a Markov chain condition. If the conditional information is close to zero, then it is known that the distance (minimum relative entropy) of the distribution to the nearest Markov chain distribution is precisely the conditional information. We prove here that this simple situation does not obtain for quantum conditional information. We show that for tri-partite quantum states the quantum conditional information is always a lower bound for the minimum relative entropy distance to a quantum Markov chain state, but the distance can be much greater; indeed the two quantities can be of different asymptotic order and may even differ by a dimensional factor.

Translated title of the contribution | Robustness of Quantum Markov Chains |
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Original language | English |

Pages (from-to) | 289 - 304 |

Number of pages | 16 |

Journal | Communications in Mathematical Physics |

Volume | 277, number 2 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Jan 2008 |